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Thursday, July 05, 2007

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Everyday Mommy

A very compelling post. Our family has much experience in this area as three of my husband's siblings are in the homosexual lifestyle. Here are some thoughts:

The Bible clearly and plainly tells us that the practice of homosexuality is a sin (Genesis 19:1-13; Leviticus 18:22; Romans 1:26-27; 1 Corinthians 6:9).

Romans 1:18-32 addresses man's denial and disobedience toward God. When a person denies God and embraces sin Romans tells us that God “gives them over” to their depravity. God does not create a person with homosexual desires. The Bible tells us that a person becomes a homosexual because of their own choice.

All sin is offensive to God, but there are degrees to sin. Some sins are worse than others as some consequences are worse than others. For example, the consequence of murder is greater than the consequence of hate. However, the eternal consequences are the same. Each and every sin will lead to eternal condemnation (Romans 6:23). All sin is committed against a holy and righteous God, and is therefore worthy of an infinite and eternal penalty.

Does God hate homosexuals? No. Does God hate sin? Yes. Can a person truly be a Christian and continue, defiantly in homosexuality? No (1 Corinthians 6:9). Can a person truly be a Christian and continue, defiantly in any sin? No.

Ephesians 4:15 instructs us to "speak the truth...in love." 1 Peter 3:15 teaches us to proclaim the truth, but to do so with "gentleness and respect." We should share the truth of Christ and the freedom found in Him with the homosexual just as we would anyone else who is lost.

God’s forgiveness is just as available to a homosexual as it is to a liar, adulterer, idol worshipper, murderer, glutton, etc.

"The LORD redeems the soul of His servants, and none of those who take refuge in Him will be condemned." Psalm 34:22

Guinevere Meadow

Thank you for this post. I have many similar questions, but I'm sometimes afraid to voice them for fear that people will think my faith is weak. (How wrong-headed is THAT? Hm.) While I do think that homosexuality is a sin, like you, I don't think it is any worse than any other sin. Real Christians still commit sins, sometimes intentionally, sometimes not. I am bothered when a church denies membership and fellowship to someone because of homosexuality.

Thanks for writing about your struggles in faith about this. So many questions, so few answers. Few answers that we can understand at this stage of life.

Joo

Thank you both for your responses. I've wanted to write about this subject for a long time. It's hard for me. I want to know God's heart but I've avoided looking at what the Bible says because what I really want is to believe that it isn't a sin. I want to believe that I can applaud and support my gay friends in their relationships. I want to stand up in their weddings and celebrate their anniversaries and cheer them on without reservation. I love them and so I want what they want. But in light of what God has spoken through His word which instructs our lives, and because I do love them so much, I can't. I can't pretend it's okay when it is killing them spiritually. People cannot understand that if they think that this life is all there is. Those who live entirely for pleasure cannot understand a call to sacrifice sexual longing for a desire to live solely for God. That goes for straight "Christians" who have premarital sex as well as homosexuals. I've heard it said that the opposite of homosexual is not straight, it's holiness. Talk about an identity crises! That's why it makes me sick when Christians say hateful things to or about them. We deliver them right into the hands of the enemy when we treat them with disgust.

Is it a choice to become gay? My gay friends will argue emphatically that it is not. I believe abstinence is always an option. But please, please, don't insult gay people by pretending it should be easy for them. It takes great courage to turn away from this sin. It is a highly politicized and well organized community and they won't let go of one of their own easily. It is only by refuge in the Lord that they can find strength to turn away. So that's where we need to start. We need to let them know about the love of Jesus, not point our fingers in disdain.

Everyday Mommy

Fleeing from sin, any sin, is never easy. If it was a task that man could accomplish then Christ died in vain. But, the very fact of His brutal crucifixion and death as an atonement for our sin illumines the very nature of sin.

Jesus tells us in John 8:34, ""Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin."

The Apostle Paul describes our relationship to sin in Romans 6:6 "Do you not know that when you present yourselves to someone as slaves for obedience, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin resulting in death, or of obedience resulting in righteousness?"

None of us want to embrace the notion that we are slaves. We all have the mistaken idea that we are in charge, that we're the master of our own destiny. Many people think of Christianity as restrictive. But, the truth is that true freedom, freedom from slavery, is found only in Christ.

Choice is merely an illusion when one is still bound by the task master; sin. The choice is not heterosexual or homosexual. The choice is slavery or freedom.

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